A Trail Runs Through It

This is the story about the start of a company. But it’s also the story of the Alps, in a sense. When I started Run the Alps, the first thing I did was gather together some friends and go trail running. We ran quiet trails in little-known valleys. We made notes, took photos, and I imagined sharing these places with …

Tibet Himalaya Trekking Surprise

Arms raised walking through the Himalaya

Traveling in the Tibet Himalaya requires permits and permission, in abundance. What you do needs to be cleared, authorized and in accompaniment of a CTMA (China Tibet Mountaineering Association) liaison officer. The itinerary that gets permitted will apparently never be modified. It is what it is, fixed. So with great disbelief we were set free to be on our own …

Best Outdoor Gear Vasque Inhalers

Part of working for so many different brands is that we often get product we’d normally never seek out on our own. Both Janine and I do almost all of our hiking trips in running shoes, they’re the most comfortable, light, agile, and what we are used to being in. But when we started working for Vasque Footwear this year, …

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The Sony a7II in the Nepal Himalaya

Back in September, I posted about making the switch to Sony after almost 20 years shooting Canon pro cameras. I’d been bombarded with the Sony a7 popping up in my social media and photography news sites and became intrigued to see what the hype was all about. At the same time, I was recognizing that Canon seemed sound asleep. My phone could do more …

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Trekking in Nepal after the Earthquake

I was so happy to be back in Nepal that I forgot all about the earthquake. But, truth be told, there were no immediate reminders, no toppled buildings or piles of rubble, there was just Kathmandu. We exited the airport to the ever present hordes of taxi drivers and staring eyes, and there amongst it all, our friend Harka waiting …

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Nepal Sherpa Mountain Culture Photos

When we booked our first trip to Nepal, a friend said, “People like you never go to Nepal just once”. He was right, we’ve been three times in the last three years for four treks and one climbing expedition. As we do our work photographing flashy new outdoor gear, making trekking & climbing images, and telling the westerner’s story of …

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Chamonix to Zermatt Glacier Haute Route Hike

In 2003, we hiked the Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route, on trails, up and over countless passes, for a Backpacker Magazine feature. Ten years later, nothing much has changed, yet everything is changing. We’re still making photos of mountain sports and living in the Alps, but the mountains we work and play in are very much different than just ten …

The Disappearing Glaciers of Switzerland and the Aarbiwak

A few days ago we headed into a part of the Swiss Alps that has continual comparisons made to the Himalaya. It is one of the more remote corners of the Alps with few reasons to go beyond exploring an entirely alpine world. If a 7-8 hour walk up a long, glacier filled valley sounds good to you – the …

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Huayhuash Trek, Peru

It just kept coming into my head. “You can’t always get what you want…” Mick Jagger was along for the ride. For us, this was Peru’s Huayhuash Trek. We knew we were starting out on the trekking shoulder season, but when our guide and donkey driver, Epi, showed up in knee high rubber boots for the eleven day trek, we feared …

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Hiding during Ferragosto

To me, the word “Ferragosto” makes me think of ringing cellphones, family squabbles and lots of dark, tanned skin being shown off on the decks of huts. Just what is this Ferragosto and why hidding during August? For American readers it is really only a useful term for trivia board games, but if one is planning a trip to the …

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Iceland Laugavegur Tour

As photographers we are fortunate to be able to travel to the most beautiful natural places to do our work. We’ve just returned from our third work trip to Iceland, a destination we chose for the work. The landscape, the colors and the absolute stunning & unique qualities are what brought us back not once, but twice. A photo gallery …

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Iceland Quick Summary

10 days shooting in Iceland is a wrap and now we find ourselves soaking up some much needed sun in the Italian Dolomites. Iceland Summary: Wet, windy, always light (yet cloudy dark), cuisine challenged, full of fun, friendly people, and in all likelihood, home to the single most beautiful & unique landscape we have seen. Overall, Iceland gets a 9+ …

Backpacker Magazine Cover August 2009

The cover of the August 2009 issue of Backpacker Magazine will be by PatitucciPhoto, and from the Italian Dolomites. This is our fifth cover for Backpacker and we are super excited to once again be presenting our work from the Dolomites. Along with the August Issue comes a profile of Janine and I on the Backpacker Blog.